Christmas Tradition…

...or Celebration.

One could make an honest argument that the Christmas traditions are also a celebration. Many are. Santa Claus? Rudolph? Mistletoe? The celebration is the birth of Jesus, Savior of the world. Some Christian celebrations have been reduced to tradition. That can be a problem: Matthew 15:1-6 (NIV) 1  Then some Pharisees and teachers of the […]

No Doubt About It…

Jesus is the Lord.

Let there be no doubt in your mind that Jesus is Lord. As we celebrate Christmas, let us do so with a confident heart that the baby born in Bethlehem is the one and only Son of God. Matthew 14:25-33 (NIV) 25  During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on […]

Terrorist Shootings…

...the truth.

Senseless murders and murderers. Our hearts break for them as they do for those families affected. God be with them. Do you understand these things? Listen to the perspective of God: Matthew 13:47-51 (NIV2011) 47  “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all […]

Doing The Most Good

...every day of the week.

A recent promise of The Salvation Army is that they’re “Doing The Most Good.” Not a bad thing for people to think or say about us, just not necessarily the best thing for us to say about ourselves. This is not meant to argue this point here, though. The point is that we as believers […]

The Head leads…

...either way.

Here we have a hidden, but another important question from Jesus. He reminds us that the head of the household, like the teacher and the employer is a role model, good or bad. Matthew 10:24-25 (NIV2011) 24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for […]

Golden Rule…

...from the Bible.

Everyone knows the golden rule. Here’s the context: Matthew 7:7-12 (NIV2011) 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9  “Which […]

Losing yourself…

...gone forever?

I have a deep concern for those who have lost their way. Are you one of them or do you know someone? Of course you do. Are they lost and without hope? Proceeding without the grace of God, they’re gonners. Ultimately, the choice was theirs. One isn’t victimized into this state. External pressure can be […]

Leading on Friday and Saturday

...every day's different.

Friday – Had I been able to blog yesterday, I would have advised that Friday is a supplies and preparation day. There are things you need to pick up and rooms that need to be ready for the weekend. It’s also your last chance to really clean up the week. A leader I know will […]

Leading on Wednesday…

...activities and Bible.

Moving through the week there is a progression and a purpose in how we lead. Wednesday will surely give you opportunities for interaction with small groups in activities or Bible study. I’d suggest the day start with personal Bible study beyond your daily devotions. We all need a deep challenge. Perhaps there’s a good study […]

Leading on Sunday… church.

Around the country we still see the black military flags that reveal that some of our veterans are still missing in action from Viet Nam. When we see the banners, we say a prayer for the family, still in pain. Imagine if we began to raise such flags for those who are missing in action […]